Governor Bill Walker Releases Statement on Latest North Korea Missile Tests

    Juneau, AK (KINY) September 3, 2017 ANCHORAGE —Governor Bill Walker today released this statement on the latest news of North Korean activity

    Governor Bill Walker has released an official statement on the growing concern of security when it comes to North Korea missile tests.

    “North Korea has just completed its sixth test of a nuclear weapon, which may be its most powerful one yet.  It has done so after recent apparently successful tests of long-range missiles.  I am committed to doing everything in my power to keep Alaskans and all Americans safe from the growing threats of this rogue nation or others in the Pacific region bent on developing weapons of mass destruction. 

    “Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.  He has called for ‘a comprehensive strategy that not only places an emphasis on deterrence but also empowers our allies and partners in the region, who must do far more to confront this threat.’  A navy base in Alaska can be a key part of this strategy.

    “Our location provides the quickest access to Asia for any base which would also be under the protective umbrella of the missile defense unit at Fort Greely which protects most of North America.  This combination assures a powerful force for military deterrence will remain available to our Commander-in-Chief even if North Korea or another rogue nation were to launch a missile attack.  Such a base would also provide key support for collaborative exercises and training with the maritime forces of our allies. 

    “As made clear during World War II, Alaskans understand what it means to be on the frontline of defending this nation.  Alaskans also understand what it means to be attacked on U.S. soil by a foreign nation.  The time is now to make our lands safer for today and for future generations.” -Governor Bill Walker

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